I have been passionate about music all of my life. I have been teaching guitar and piano for 9 years. I'm a doctoral student at Chestnut Hill College pursuing a degree in clinical psychology with plans to become a music therapist. I learned guitar and classical piano under 2 private teachers while pursuing my Psychology degree and music minor at Rutgers University in NJ.
Music was a way for me to find peace, structure, confidence, and an outlet for personal expression and creativity outside of my everyday life. I've grown as a person and a musician through music. I get excited when I see my students learn enjoy playing something new. I love music more than anything else and that love is something I try to bring out in my students. Once there is love for music, everything grows naturally. I teach to help my students find those strengths in themselves to live a fulfilling life through their instrument.
We create daily, weekly, and monthly goals for you to achieve.
Guitar: After 3 to 6 months of learning with me, you will have a basic knowledge of chords, how to read musical notation, strum to play. Most importantly, you will have learned 3 or 4 songs of your choice so that you can experience the joy of expressing yourself through music.
To achieve these results, you must be willing to practice 20-30 minutes a day.
I specialize in teaching students to learn to play by ear and improvise songs based on their tastes, style, and ability level. I also walk students through how to write and record semi-professional quality songs with drums, vocals, guitar, and piano. Music genres I cover are mainly Pop, Pop/Rock, Folk, Blues Rock, Classic Rock, Alternative, and Classical (piano only)
*** Studio Equipment ***
I provide a comfortable, quiet room with live instruments, and playback and recording equipment. I expect students to bring a guitar, books, sheet music, picks, and a tuner.
1. Taylor Acoustic Guitar
--picks, tuner, and capo
2. Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar
-- Marshall 100W Amplifier
-- Classic Cry Baby Wah Effects Pedal
3. Casio PX-310 Weighted 88-Key Piano Keyboard
Playback and Recording:
1. MacBook Pro OSX 10.10.3 13-inch screen
- Insignia 27W Speakers with subwoofer
2. Steinberg UR-22 Recording Interface
3. Audio-technica M30 Headphones
4. Sterling Audio ST51 Black Condenser Microphone
*** Travel Equipment *** (same as above except for piano)
Teach guitar and piano to children, teens, and adults from all backgrounds in the Philadelphia area.
Teach songs my students want to learn and expand their horizons with songs appropriate to their level and interests.
Develop lesson plans with students and parents (for children) that are unique and specialized for each student's interests and needs
Provide extra services such as re-stringing guitar and recommend and coordinate services (e.g. piano tuning) to qualified professionals
I've performed solo and as a duet or band with numerous talented professionals in New York, Philadelphia, and New Jersey on guitar, piano, vocals, and percussion, including:
Soul singer-songwriter Bethlehem Roberson, drummer Kyle Burke, Folk singer-songwriter Emilie Wetzel, vocalist Candice Green (see profile video), guitarist Jerry Curran (see video), guitarist Michael Fremed, Jazz guitarist Grant Gardner, guitarist Ryan Lederer, and Pop/Rock singer-songwriter Sandy Zio
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